33rd annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony Dec. 8 in New York

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NEW YORK: The 33rd annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), December 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Ring 8 has announced its 2019 award winners (see complete list below), headlined by Fighter of the Decade Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano (37-1-1, 27 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Puerto Rico; undefeated heavyweight contender (Fighter of the Year) Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Poland; Legend Award winners three-time, three-division world champion Iran “The Blade” Barkley (43-19,1 27 KOs), of Bronx, and two-time, two-division world champion Junior “Poison” Jones (50-6, 28 KOs), of Brooklyn; and two-time world heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon (55-13-1, 28 KOs), of Philadelphia, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award winner.

2019 RING 8 Award Winners

  • Fighter of the Decade: Amanda Serrano
  • Fighter of the Year: Adam Kownacki
  • Legends Award: Iran Barkley & Junior Jones,
  • Muhammad Ali Humanitarian: Tim Witherspoon
  • Sam Kellerman Media Award: Gerry Cooney & Randy Gordon
  • Long & Meritorious Service: Daryl Peoples
  • Uncrowned Champion: John Capobianco
  • Prospect of the Year: Left “2 Gunz” Gonzalez
  • Member of the Year: James Monteverde
  • NYS Official of the Year: Waleska Roldan
  • Trainer of the Year: Scott Lopeck
  • Manager of the Year: Keith Connolly
  • Community Service Award: Michael Corleone
  • Amateur of the Year: Nisa Rodriguez
  • Amateur Official of the Year: Michael “Biggie” O’Conner
  • Good Guy Award: Peter Frutkoff

Jamel Herring Retains WBO junior lightweight title

FRESNO, Calif.: Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, retained his WBO junior lightweight world title with a Veterans Day Weekend unanimous decision (115-113 and 117-111 2X) win over top contender Lamont Roach Jr. in front of 7,412 fans at Chukchansi Park.

Herring controlled the action early, but Roach landed a hellacious right hand at the end of the 11th that nearly sent Herring through the ropes. Roach pressed the action in the 12th, but it was too little, too late, as “The Fighting Marine” made his first successful title defense.

“I won {the title} on Memorial Day Weekend and I defended it on Veterans Day Weekend, so it definitely means a lot to all of our troops out there defending our country and still in harm’s way,” Herring said. “This is for ya’ll. I couldn’t lose it on our weekend. It means a lot to still be a world champion.

“Like I said, Miguel Berchelt is considered number one, the best super featherweight in the world. In order to be the best, you have to keep testing yourself.”

Said Roach: “We knew we had to dig down. When I hurt him, all that was on my mind was finishing him. I’m coming into unchartered territory.”

Pulev Decisons Booker

IBF No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) had his way against Detroit-based veteran Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs), winning a clear unanimous decision (99-91 and 98-92 2X) in the co-feature. Pulev, who challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the unified heavyweight title in November 2014, moved one step closer to potentially challenging the winner of the upcoming Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch.

After the fight, his message was clear. He wants to fight for the title next. Pulev has now won eight in a row since the Klitschko defeat.

“It’s been eight months from my last fight. I think my opponent was not bad,” Pulev said. “I respect him. It was a very nice fight.

“I controlled the whole fight, and I was the much better boxer. I showed everyone I’m at the world level, and I must fight the winner of Joshua and Ruiz.”

Former world title challenger Amir Imam (22-2, 19 KOs) returned from a nearly two-year layoff, knocking out Marcos Mojica (16-5-2, 12 KOs) with a right hand in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Imam hadn’t fought since challenging Jose Ramirez for the vacant WBC super lightweight world title in March 2018.

“I just have to be consistent at this point in my career. I’m coming back in January, and I need to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to me,” Imam said.

Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs), the 19-year-old sensation from Stockton, Calf., dominated Aelio Mesquita (19-5, 17 KOs) over the eight-round distance, winning by identical scores of 80-72 in a lightweight bout.

Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas middleweight titles, stopping Albert Onolunose (24-3-1, 8 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-rounder.

Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (1-1, 1 KO) rebounded from the shocking loss in his pro debut to stop Fernando Ibarra (2-2, 0 KOs) in the sixth round of a featherweight tilt.

“I have a new trainer, Ismael Salas, and we worked hard in the gym together,” Ramirez said. “What happened in my pro debut is in the past. I am looking forward to a bright future.”

Undefeated middleweight contender Esquiva Falcao (25-0, 17 KOs) knocked out veteran Manny Woods (16-9-1, 6 KOs) in the third round.

Pros react to Logan Paul vs. KSI 2

YouTubers Logan Paul and KSI met in their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday night in Los Angeles, and the fight was viewed by many MMA fighters who shared their opinion of the bout on social media.

Although it was far from a technical boxing match, it still turned out to be a fun fight between the two YouTube celebrities, with KSI ultimately winning a split decision over Paul.

Check out what the MMA community thought about Logan Paul vs. KSI 2 below.

MMA analyst Robin Black.

“Early thoughts @KSIOlajidebt is the smoother artist; LP is a great athlete.”

UFC middleweight Derek Brunson.

“KSI needs Greg Hardy’s inhaler at this point #KSIvsLogan2”

UFC women’s strawweight Angela Hill.


UFC women’s strawweight Tatiana Suarez.

“This post fight speech is hilarious. All of this because they have millions of followers on YouTube. Starting a YouTube channel tomoooorrrrooowwww”

Even if you weren’t a fan of either Paul or KSI, or of the fact this was a professional boxing match aired on DAZN, it’s hard not to admit that it was a fight that a lot of people were watching, and one that ended up being a big success for DAZN.

Paul and KSI have now fought twice, with both fights ending in somewhat controversial fashion. The first fight between them in August 2018 ended in a majority draw, while the rematch was scored in favor of KSI by split decision. The two fighters were asked afterward what their thoughts on a potential rematch were. Paul said he’s open to it, while KSI says he’s moving on to bigger and better things.

For better or worse, Paul and KSI put on a show that got a lot of eyeballs from them, and there’s no doubt both men will step back into the boxing ring again at some point, though maybe not against one another.

What did you think of Logan Paul vs. KSI 2?

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Logan Paul vs KSI 2 result and Highlights

YouTube celebrities Logan Paul and KSI took part in their highly-anticipated boxing rematch on DAZN on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The two YouTubers previously met in August 2018 in an amateur boxing match, with the judges scoring the contest a majority draw (57-57, 57-57, 58-57 KSI) after six rounds of action. The fight was a pay-per-view success for YouTube, and DAZN picked up on the big-business rematch. The rematch was booked as a professional boxing match with no headgear, something which intrigued fans of both men.

This time around, we did have a winner. The judges scored the fight 56-55 KSI, 56-55 Paul and 57-54 KSI in favor of the winner by split decision, KSI. Check out some highlights of the fight below, courtesy of DAZN’s Twitter.

It obviously wasn’t the most technical battle between the two YouTubers as they aren’t professional boxers, but it was still a mostly fun fight that seemed to give the fans what they were looking for. Both men exchanged some heavy shots during the fight, with KSI ultimately coming out on top after six rounds of action between the two.

Here are the scorecards.

The most controversial moment in the fight came during the third round. Paul knocked down KSI with an uppercut but held him as he went down to the canvas and punched him again, resulting in the referee taking two points from Paul for the foul. Without the two-point deduction, Paul would have won the fight.

Check out a video of the controversial foul below, courtesy of DAZN.

According to KSI, he is not interested in a trilogy fight against KSI at this time. However, Paul wants it, and we all know money talks, and of course, the third fight between these two could do big business for both men and for DAZN.

Would you like to see a trilogy match between KSI and Logan Paul?

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Alexander “The Great” Flores destroys Mario Heredia at RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS

TUCSON, Arizona: Heavy-handed California heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Flores returned to the ring last Thursday night with a vengeance, knocking out Mario “Chabelo” Heredia in the sixth round of the RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS main event, outdoors Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona.

RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS was streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports.

The 29-year-old Flores (18-2-1, 16 KOs) hadn’t fought since last December in New Zealand, when he lost a controversial fight to former world champion Joseph Parker, in which Parker struck Flores numerous times below the belt, leading to a knockout.

Knockout-artist Flores floored his Mexican opponent, Heredia, three times during their fight in the third, fifth and the finisher in the sixth. Flores, who is a former World Boxing Council (WBC) World Youth champion, used a vicious body attack, resulting in the last two knockdowns, against the 282-pound Heredia (16-8-1, 13 KOs).

Flores’ only two losses have been to world champions Parker and Charles Martin. Heredia, a former WBC FECOMBOX champion, who only three fights ago won a split decision over former WBC heavyweight world champion and Nigerian Olympian Samuel Peter.

In the co-featured event, red-hot Mexican welterweight Santiago Dominguez (20-0, 16 KOs) blasted Ravshan Hudayhazarov (17-3, 13 KOs), the Uzbekistan fighter, stopping him only 43-seconds into the opening round in a devastating performance.

In his RJJ Boxing Promotions debut, undefeated California super middleweight Juan “Just Business” Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs) pitched a complete shutout victory, winning each round on all three-judges’ scorecards, in a unanimous decision over Phoenix veteran Fidel Hernandez (20-8-1, 11 KOs), who announced before the fight that this would be his last.

In the UFC FIGHT PASS opener, unbeaten Tucson welterweight Christopher Gonzalez (6-0-1, 1 KO) pulled off a mild upset, taking an eight-round unanimous decision from Marcos “Nazzy” Dominguez (11-2-1, 10 KOs), the younger brother of Santiago.

Local fan favorite Briana “Amenaza” Sanchez (2-0-1, 2 KOs) and pro-debuting junior flyweight Amanda Borg (0-0-1), of Albuquerque, battled to a four-round majority draw in the opening, off UFC FIGHT PASS fight of the evening.


Alexander Flores (18-2-1, 16 KOs), Rowland Heights, CA
WTKO6 (1:33)
Mario Heredia (16-8-1, 13 KOs), Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Santiago Dominguez (20-0, 16 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
WKO1 (0:43)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-3, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of Uzbekistan
(Dominguez won WBC Silver welterweight title)

Juan Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs), Victorville, CA
WDEC8 (80-71, 80-71, 80-71)
Fidel Hernandez (20-8-1, 11 KOs), Phoenix, AZ.

Christopher Gonzalez (6-0-1), Tucson, AZ
WDEC8 (78-75, 77-75, 77-75)
Marcos Dominguez (11-2-1, 10 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico

Briana Sanchez (2-0-1, 2 KOs), Tucson, AZ
D4 (39-37, 38-38, 38-38)
Amanda Borg (0-0-1, 0 KOs), Albuquerque, NM

VIDEO | Tyson Fury smashes pads with UFC’s Darren Till

Undefeated heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury created quite the buzz on social media earlier today after a video surfaced of him smashing pads with UFC middleweight Darren Till.

Fury recently revealed his intentions to eventually transition to mixed martial arts during his response to a callout from UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou.

I’ll deal with you and all the other MMA Heavyweights when I’m done with my boxing fights. It won’t be long to wait! Then I’ll show you how we roll.” – Tyson Fury proclaimed.

While many did not take Fury’s comments seriously at first, a lot of doubters had their beliefs swayed today today courtesy of this video from @MTKGlobal.

As seen in the above clip, Tyson Fury is working alongside UFC middleweight contender Darren Till. ‘The Gypsy King’ was specifically trainings knees, elbows and sprawls in this recent session.

Fury has competed twice this year, defeating Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin by TKO and decision respectively. He is expected to rematch Deontay Wilder in the new year, this after their controversial draw from 2018.

Meanwhile, Darren Till is coming off a split decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum in his middleweight debut at UFC 244.

That victory snapped a two-fight losing skid for ‘The Gorilla’. The Liverpool native is now 18-2-1 in his MMA career.

What did you think of the knees and elbows being thrown by boxing heavyweight Tyson Fury? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on bjpenndotcom November 19, 2019

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VIDEO | Coaches of Logan Paul and KSI fight backstage

The rivalry between YouTube stars Logan Paul and KSI goes beyond them.

The two fought in an amateur boxing match last summer where they fought to a draw. Since then, the feud has only gotten worse and on Nov. 9 they will become professionals as they will headline a show at the Staples Center. The card is presented by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.

In the lead up to the fight, they have trash-talked each other. But, one of the biggest rivalries was between Paul and KSI’s coaches in Shannon Briggs and Viddal Riley. The two have yelled at each other every time they have seen one another. Lately, they have gotten in each other’s face.

Now, following Friday’s weigh-in, the bad blood boiled over as Briggs and Riley got into a fight backstage.

As you can see in the video, Briggs was chanting his go-to line ‘let’s go champ’ where he saw KSI’s team and Viddal Riley where he knocked off Riley’s hat and went after him. The two were immediately separated by security.

Sky Sports Boxing was in the middle of doing a broadcast when the fight happened and they caught security holding back Riley in the video above.

There is no question tensions are high for both teams as the fight is on Saturday night after over a year-long feud building up to this point.

Both fighters and Eddie Hearn have said a knockout will happen as they are now fighting in 10-ounce gloves with no head guards. Logan Paul has said it will be first-round decapitation while KSI has said it will be fourth or fifth-round TKO once the American gasses out like he did in the first fight.

Currently, the betting lines have Paul as a -210 favorite while KSI is a +170 underdog.

What do you make of Logan Paul and KSI’s coaches getting into a fight at weigh-ins? And, who do you see winning the fight tomorrow? Sound off in the comment section, PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/8/2019.  

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